Nature Walk - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
Sep
21
8:30 AM08:30

Nature Walk - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve

Come & join us another of our monthly Nature & History Walking Tours.

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide (he is an NParks guide as well as STB) will take us through the historic Bukit Timah Nature Reserve (BTNR).

After an approx 3 hour walk, we will go to a nearby cafe for refreshments (included in the price).

Please note this walk will be more strenuous than other Nature walks so no children, strollers etc! More info inc meeting place etc will be emailed to those registered a few days before the walk.

Background info on the BTNR:

A mere 12 km from the bustling city centre, this 163-ha reserve is home to a rich and diverse ecological system including around 40% of our nation’s (native) flora and fauna.

It also encompasses Singapore’s highest hill, Bukit Timah, which stands at 163 m and retains one of the few areas of primary rainforest in the country.

Established in 1883, Bukit Timah Forest Reserve was one of the first forest reserves to be created in Singapore, as recommended by Nathaniel Cantley, the then Superintendent of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. In 1882, Cantley was commissioned by the government of the Straits Settlements to prepare a report on the forests of the settlements, in which he recommended that several forest reserves to be created on the island.

All the reserves, except for Bukit Timah Forest Reserve, were however worked for timber. By 1937, most of these reserves had been depleted due to economic development. Thankfully, Bukit Timah Forest Reserve was retained for the protection of its flora and fauna under the management of the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

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A night of musical theatre fun — Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins
Sep
21
7:00 PM19:00

A night of musical theatre fun — Souvenir: A Fantasia on the Life of Florence Foster Jenkins

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Price:

$70/pax

Description:

The best kind of gift to yourself is the gift of theatre and culture. SOUVENIR is a musical based on the true story of Florence Foster Jenkins, a New York socialite who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice. The drama-comedy stars the beloved Singapore thespian and funny man Hossan Leong as Cosme McMoon and West End actress Leigh McDonald as Florence Foster Jenkins.

A film version of the story starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant made the rounds of the world’s movie theatres in 2016. SOUVENIR evokes a great emotional range, from riotous laughs to poignant moments that touch upon the importance of following one’s passions and dreams.

Jane’s special theatre event includes pre show drinks (2 glasses of wine per person) and a post-show talk — “Anybody Can Sing… And It’s Good for Your Health” — by the play’s voice coach TJ Taylor, head of musical theatre at Sing’Theatre academy and also a voice teacher at Lasalle College of the Arts, and by Grace Low, a multi-instrumentalist and a board-certified music therapist at Singapore General Hospital. Catch the fun behind-the-scenes SOUVENIR trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1oeTIW6AyQ8

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Black & White Houses Tour
Sep
22
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

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In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians — Daytime Tour
Sep
24
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians — Daytime Tour

Date: Monday 24 September

Time: 9am - 1pm

Price: $95

If you haven’t gotten your fix of Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) — and who has!! — join our unique "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour. We’ll take you to some of the wonderful real sites featured in Kevin Kwan's best-selling book and just-premiered blockbuster movie as well as places that inspired the storyline and characters. Whether you've lived in Singapore all your life or you're just in town for a visit, we'll take you into the head-spinning world of Crazy Rich Asians and expose some pretty fascinating facets of our little island of contrasts.

Singapore is one of the main characters in Kwan’s book thanks to its unique blend of cultures and traditions. Likewise, it plays a starring role in the dazzling film adaption as well, given the full Hollywood treatment thanks to its eclectic mix of historic architecture and modern marvels framed by the island’s lush tropical foliage.

Jane’s "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour mixes real and fictional locations from the film and book (from grandmother’s grand estate to a classic hawker center where Nick and Rachel enjoy a feast with friends Colin and Araminta) with bona fide Singaporean culture and history along the way.

With Singapore as its glamorous backdrop, it’s no surprise that the Crazy Rich Asians film is garnering raves and attention in Singapore and all over the world. Book your tickets now for this limited engagement.

PS: Jane got to meet handsome Henry Golding, the film's leading man, at the Singapore movie premier...see picture below! Also in our FB feed — https://www.facebook.com/JanesSGTours/.     

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Sep
25
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

Date and Time

25 Sep 9am - 12.30pm

Price
$70/pax

Description

We will explore a jewel of a neighbourhood, Joo Chiat, a place where Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage really comes alive.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Joo Chiat developed into a laid-back residential suburb by the early 20th century.

Also famous as a district oozing Peranakan culture - which in Singapore consists mainly of a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women - our Joo Chiat walk will explore this legacy, including the unique pre-war architecture, colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

Religion has always played a central role in the Peranakan culture; in earlier days, this was in the shape of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism - & often a blend of all 3! We will visit one of these 3-in-1 places of worship to see handcrafted, decorated paper objects, commissioned for the departed to enjoy in the spirit world as part of the rituals surrounding ancestor worship with its emphasis on filial piety.

We will also discover Christianity’s impact on the Peranakans in the form of the 1930s Bethesda Church, recently designated as a conservation building, and one of only two Christian churches offering Peranakan church services here.

For a truly Peranakan experience, we will end our walk with kueh appreciation in the company of a 4th generation Baba (male Peranakan) who will share with us his passion, and vision of how he strives to preserve his culture in the modern context of Singapore.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Journey to the West: Haw Par Villa, the Jurong Dragon Kiln & Beyond

Inspired by the legendary 16th-century tale of a Buddhist monk's pilgrimage to  the “Western Region,” this tour will be an exploration of Singapore’s western parts. Known mainly for its industrial zone and shipyards, Jurong will surprise you with its hills, gardens and national monuments. Learn about its important past and also about its vibrant future.

To honour the roots of the Journey to the West tale, we will start our journey with a visit to Singapore’s most bizarre and unforgettable attraction – Haw Par Villa, formerly known as the Tiger Balm Gardens. A true gem from a lost era, this one-of-its-kind theme park, with more than 1,000 quirky statues and gruesome depictions of the underworld, will introduce you to Chinese mythology and folklore.

Next we will head to Jurong Hill and The Eye in the Sky — the Jurong Hill Lookout Tower which hosted many foreign dignitaries including royalty. Its offers a panoramic view of the entire industrial zone. On the way there we will visit another heritage gem, Jurong Town Hall, a boldly futuristic building and a symbol of Singapore’s industrial push.

Our pilgrimage will continue at Nanyang University. Designed in the Chinese National style, blending both traditional Chinese and modern elements, the former university building is a witness to the history of the Chinese diaspora and education.

Last but not least will be our visit to the Dragon Kiln, one of the last surviving brick-built kilns in Singapore. The firing of this kiln takes place only twice a year and we will be there to witness this now fairly rare occurrence, and to understand and appreciate the disappearing art of wood-firing!

THIS WILL BE A FUN OUTING FOR CHILDREN TOO!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Oct
2
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Let's Do the Time Warp again! Join Jane's Tours and Honeycombers for a "Retro Glam" Theatre Evening in a Black & White Garden
Oct
5
7:00 PM19:00

Let's Do the Time Warp again! Join Jane's Tours and Honeycombers for a "Retro Glam" Theatre Evening in a Black & White Garden

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Date & Time

5 Oct, 7pm - 10pm

Price

Early Bird adult includes 2 glasses of wine (until 14 Sept) $75.00 SGD

Early Bird adult includes soft drinks (until 14 Sept) $65.00 SGD

Regular adult includes 2 glasses of wine $85.00 SGD

Regular adult includes soft drinks $75.00 SGD

Description

“Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!” Retro Glam Singapore Theatre Evening in a Black & White Garden

Jane’s SG Tours & Evolve Arts

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Join Jane in beautiful Alexandra Park for an evening of fun quirky theatre in the garden of a Black & White colonial house. And in keeping with the evening’s theme, let’s pretend it’s the home of Dr. Frank N. Furter!

Bring your picnic basket, blanket and passion for this beloved 1970s mash-up of a kooky musical, science-fiction flick, horror movie and comedy. Kick back and relax under the stars with Janet, Brad, Riff Raff and the rest to enjoy Evolve Arts’ production of the famous Rocky Horror Picture Show. Advisory: suggested minimum age 18

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Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Goodbye My Kampong: A History & Literary Walk with Author Josephine Chia

 

We are thrilled to be working with Singapore Literary Prize winning author Josephine Chia as she launches her sequel to "Kampong Spirit, Gotong Royong Life in Potong Pasir 1955 to 1965."

The new book is entitled "Goodbye My Kampong, Potong Pasir 1966 to 1975" and so reflects kampong life as experienced by Josephine a decade later.

In the company of Josephine we will explore the kampong referred to in the title of both books, namely Potong Pasir, and thus her Singapore of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. We will hear how community life was lived as reflected in her first kampong book, and how things changed when entire villages were relocated to HDB public housing.

Both the conveniences and the costs brought about by development will be revealed and discussed in this first-hand account of our recent history.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Oct
9
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

Date: Tuesday 9 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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A Crazy Rich Asians Evening
Oct
12
6:00 PM18:00

A Crazy Rich Asians Evening

Date: Friday 12 October

Time: 6pm - 930pm

Price: 

Early Bird to Oct 1 (includes transport and light refreshments $110.00 SGD

Standard (includes transport and light refreshments) $120.00 SGD

If you haven’t gotten your fix of Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) — and who has!! — join our unique "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour. We’ll take you to some of the wonderful real sites featured in Kevin Kwan's best-selling book and just-premiered blockbuster movie as well as places that inspired the storyline and characters. Whether you've lived in Singapore all your life or you're just in town for a visit, we'll take you into the head-spinning world of Crazy Rich Asians and expose some pretty fascinating facets of our little island of contrasts.

Singapore is one of the main characters in Kwan’s book thanks to its unique blend of cultures and traditions. Likewise, it plays a starring role in the dazzling film adaption as well, given the full Hollywood treatment thanks to its eclectic mix of historic architecture and modern marvels framed by the island’s lush tropical foliage.

Jane’s "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour mixes real and fictional locations from the film and book (from grandmother’s grand estate to a classic hawker center where Nick and Rachel enjoy a feast with friends Colin and Araminta) with bona fide Singaporean culture and history along the way.

With Singapore as its glamorous backdrop, it’s no surprise that the Crazy Rich Asians film is garnering raves and attention in Singapore and all over the world. Book your tickets now for this limited engagement.

PS: Jane got to meet handsome Henry Golding, the film's leading man, at the Singapore movie premier...see picture below! Also in our FB feed — https://www.facebook.com/JanesSGTours/.     

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Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens
Oct
16
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens

A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) became the third one to be listed as a World Heritage Site, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padova Gardens in Italy. It is also Singapore's first World Heritage Site.

During this tour, you will discover its 150 years of history, including its role as the birth place of Southeast Asia's rubber and orchid industries. Orchids have been closely associated with the Gardens since 1859 and the products of the breeding programme are displayed in their full splendour in the National Orchid Garden. With over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display, the beauty of these gorgeous blooms is absolutely a sight to behold.

Tour highlights include the bandstand; garden sculptures; Heritage Trees; and historical Burkhill Hall with its prized collection of VIP orchids such as Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher and Papilionanda William Catherine. The tour will end with a visit to the SBG's Heritage Museum which features artefacts, plant specimens, rare botanical books and botanical paintings that date back to the early 19th century. Here you will learn about the key personalities that have shaped and marked this iconic place.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered. We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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A Night at the Theatre with Pangdemonium — Peter and the Starcatcher
Oct
18
7:15 PM19:15

A Night at the Theatre with Pangdemonium — Peter and the Starcatcher

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Price:

$80/pax

Description:

It's 1885 in Singapore and we join Molly (a precocious young Starcatcher-in-training) and three orphan boys on a secret mission — a perilous voyage across seas infested by treacherous pirates, fearsome savages, and dubious mermaids, to a faraway island ruled by an evil king. 

 Featuring a dozen actors portraying more than 100 unforgettable characters, Pangdemonium’s production of Peter and the Starcatcher will be specially adapted to an Asian setting, and is also the company’s very first family show! Full of wit and wonder, colourful characters, and fabulous musical numbers, this is an exhilarating, magical adventure for everyone from 7 to 107, and a timely statement on empowering every child with self-belief, courage and hope.

 Winner of five Tony Awards, Peter and the Starcatcher is a hilarious, hair-raising, and heartwarming prequel to the Peter Pan legend, and a celebration of the innocence, imagination and resilience of the child. 

Join us for this fun evening with award winning theatre company Pangdemonium.

EXCLUSIVE for Jane’s Insiders: Tickets include performance plus a glass of wine in a private reception area at the interval. Come socialise with Jane and friends! 

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MacRitchie Tree Top Walk
Oct
19
8:30 AM08:30

MacRitchie Tree Top Walk

Come explore Singapore's oldest reservoir with us...named for James MacRitchie, one of our pioneering Municipal Engineers, who was also responsible for Lau Pa Sat market, Coleman Bridge and much more; see the plaque below.

These days it's a haven of peace, and abode to many of our furry friends - think monkeys! - and our specialist nature guide will point out flora & fauna to us throughout our walk.

Starting at the Windsor Nature Park Visitor Centre (Windsor Park is a new green buffer zone for the Central Catchment Nature Reserve), we'll walk to the site of an old kampong, and then parallel to the road leading to the SICC golf club. Once past SICC, the walk will lead us into the secondary forest and then to an NParks Ranger Station.

From there, it is another 10 minutes to the start of the Tree-top Walk, a free-standing 250-metre suspension bridge that connects the park's two highest points (Bukit Pierce and Bukit Kalang) for a bird's eye view of the plants and animals that thrive in the forest canopy. At its highest point, the bridge is 25 metres above the ground. Enjoy a look around from above instead of the usual ground-level. 

After the canopy walk we'll loop back and return to Windsor Nature Park. 

Expect about four hours in the forest, so good walking shoes are essential. 

The price is $60 per adult, $30 per child.

(Early Bird tickets fully booked)

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Black & White Houses Tour
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay
Oct
23
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay

Date: Tuesday 23 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore. 

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century. 

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we will walk across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay. 

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. 

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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World War II, Part 1: The Invasion
Oct
27
8:40 AM08:40

World War II, Part 1: The Invasion

Learn about the Japanese invasion in 1942, and the events leading up to the unexpected capitulation of "Fortress Singapore."

Visit WWII sites including the Kranji War Memorial, the landing beaches and battlefield sites on Singapore's North coast, and an amazing little treasure of a museum in Pasir Panjang, which commemorates the heroic last stand by the Malay Regiment in the last battle for Singapore.

The route we will take from Kranji to Pasir Panjang will be that taken by the Japanese troops as they overran the island. We will also pass by a number of other significant places such as the Last Defence Pillbox and the old Ford Factory, the site of the surrender of the Allies to the Japanese.

Noted battlefield archaeologist Jon Cooper will be a guest expert on the tour; he's the author of Tigers in the Park, a book that details life in Adam Park during WWII, and creator of the virtual museum, www.adamparkproject.com.

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Five Star Dining with Wine Pairing at the Culinary Institute of America
Oct
27
7:00 PM19:00

Five Star Dining with Wine Pairing at the Culinary Institute of America

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Date: Saturday 27 October

Time: 7pm - 11pm

Price: 

Standard with transport from Dempsey Hill $138.00 SGD

Standard without transport from Dempsey Hill $128.00 SGD

We’re collaborating with the Culinary Institute of America (CIA)—Singapore, the only CIA outside of the United States, for a very special food and wine pairing dinner; see menu below.

Widely recognised as the premier culinary college in the world, in 2010 CIA partnered with the Singapore Institute of Technology to open its first international campus. Join us to learn about how the CIA came to Singapore and to discover how a chef’s journey begins by spending an evening enjoying the students’ delectable array of dishes and curated wine pairings.

Since wine will be involved, we're offering you a choice of transport from Dempsey to Tampines, or to meet us there if you live close to the Tampines campus.

Menu

MUSHROOM DUXELLE AND GOAT CHEESE PROFITEROLE

Champagne Chapuy Brut Tradition N.V

TARTARE DE SAUMON PREPARED TABLESIDE: RAW SALMON, POTATO GAUFRETTE, MIXED GREENS

Chateau Beau Mayne Blanc 2016

CONFIT DE CANARD: CRISP SALT-CURED DUCK LEG, PUY LENTILS, PARSNIP PUREE

OR

COURGE BUTTERNUT AVEC MELANGE DE GRAINES: BUTTERNUT SQUASH, PUFFED GRAINS AND WALNUT BUTTER

Domaine Maratray Dubreuil Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2015

BANANES FLAMBÉS PREPARED TABLESIDE: WARM BANANAS, BROWN SUGAR, PANDAN ICE CREAM

Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 2009

AMERICAN COFFEE OR TEA

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Oct
30
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Date: Tuesday 30 October

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India

Come and revel in one of the most joyous and colourful festivals in Singapore! Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and marks a new beginning — the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Shanti, your Singaporean Indian guide, will lead you through the narrow alleys and tell you stories from epic tales.

You will enter one of Singapore’s most important temples — the Sri Veeramakaliaman — and learn about the faith of Hinduism. This year the celebration of Deepavali falls in early November. During the entire month, Little India is transformed into a glittering bazaar where families go to buy everything needed for the auspicious day. See the myriad colours of oil lamps and dresses fit for a princess.

Gold jewellery gleams through shop windows and stores sell sweet goodies to be shared amongst loved ones. Learn how to drape that most elegant of women's outfits, the sari. We will end the tour with a delicious "thali" dinner in one of Shanti's favourite restaurants. Please do join up quickly as we're limiting this tour to 13 people — it will sell out fast!

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The Straits Quartet Literary Walk & Meet The Author Tour
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

The Straits Quartet Literary Walk & Meet The Author Tour

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Date: Fri 2 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $50

As part of this year's Singapore Writers Festival we bring you a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of literary heroes from the books of Dawn Farnham, a very international lady who although now living in Australia, spent 12 happy years in Singapore, working as a Friends of the Museums volunteer docent, guiding in ACM and the Peranakan Museum.

The Red Thread is the first book of her Straits Quartet, a passionate and best-selling series of historical fiction set in19th-century Singapore.

Her Thread becomes ours as we walk from Chinatown through Boat Quay and the Civic District and bring to life the colourful characters of this book, the two main protagonists and lovers — Zhen, once a coolie and a member of the triad, and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scottish girl — together with real figures from Singapore’s historical past.

Let’s step back in time into the heady atmosphere of old Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers were commonplace, and different worlds struggled to create mutual understanding. Our tour will take a break at the Asian Civilisations Museum where we will meet the author for a discussion and the opportunity to have her sign your book/s. After which we will walk past the oldest building in Singapore and end at the oldest Christian church.

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Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India
Nov
2
6:30 PM18:30

Deepavali Evening Walk & Dinner in Little India

Come and revel in one of the most joyous and colourful festivals in Singapore! Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is the Hindu festival of lights and marks a new beginning — the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil. Shanti, your Singaporean Indian guide, will lead you through the narrow alleys and tell you stories from epic tales.

You will enter one of Singapore’s most important temples — the Sri Veeramakaliaman — and learn about the faith of Hinduism. This year the celebration of Deepavali falls in early November. During the entire month, Little India is transformed into a glittering bazaar where families go to buy everything needed for the auspicious day. See the myriad colours of oil lamps and dresses fit for a princess.

Gold jewellery gleams through shop windows and stores sell sweet goodies to be shared amongst loved ones. Learn how to drape that most elegant of women's outfits, the sari. We will end the tour with a delicious "thali" dinner in one of Shanti's favourite restaurants. Please do join up quickly as we're limiting this tour to 13 people — it will sell out fast!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature
Nov
6
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature

Date: Tuesday 6 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through lush oasis of majestic trees to the vantage point with flagstaff to be carried away by tales of ancient kings and bathing princesses, the accounts of early Chinese explorers and traders and British colonial settlers. 

Our stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942. Then we will wander through former Christian Cemetery ground and explore few prominent burials among the graves to discover an interesting connection… 

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Coffee (or tea!) with a Diva... in the Elegant Setting of a Beautiful Black & White House
Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

Coffee (or tea!) with a Diva... in the Elegant Setting of a Beautiful Black & White House

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Date: Wednesday 7 November

Time: 11am - 2pm

Price:
Early Bird (book by October 17) - $50
Standard - $60

Description:
Please join us for a very special morning in one of Singapore's iconic "Black & White" houses in Alexandra Park (the full address will be sent to those who register a few days in advance).

Hosted by the residents of this beautiful home, you will learn its history with Jane, who will also lead you on tours of the house.

You will have the opportunity to meet world renowned classical violin and piano virtuoso Ayke Agus who will tell her incredible story of growing up in rural Java through her apprenticeship with Russian teacher to her life in the USA (she currently lives in Los Angeles).

She will also demonstrate her amazing talent on both instruments.

Tea, coffee and cakes will be served. Please register asap as this one will sell out! Please note that part of the proceeds will go to a charity of the residents' choice. 

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Geylang: The Final Frontier?
Nov
8
9:00 AM09:00

Geylang: The Final Frontier?

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Date: 8 November Thurs

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $60

Geylang conjures up an image of a red-light district, which indeed it is. But it’s so much more than brothels and cheap eats.

Scratch the surface and you'll find a wonderful ethnic mélange with a dominant Chinese character. Today’s Geylang is home to numerous Chinese religious associations and temples, and also a mosque named after a female benefactor, plus churches and a Hindu temple.

Come walk the streets with us to learn its many secrets, including which lorongs (lanes) are "respectable" and which are not!

We will visit some beautiful homes, a traditional Chinese instruments shop and a medical hall, and further, we’ll delight in best examples of “Chinese Baroque” architecture with the lavish use of tiles and ornate plasterwork.

Along the way, we’ll discover many other hidden facets of Geylang, an under-rated and misunderstood gem!

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Singapore's Tallest, Greenest, and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Bugis
Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Singapore's Tallest, Greenest, and Newest: A Modern Architecture Walk around Bugis

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Date: Friday 9 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price:

Adult $60

Children under 12 $30

An area named after the Bugis seafarers whose trading activities connected Singapore with the archipelago, and later home to the Hainanese and Japanese communities, Bugis also gained notoriety for its vibrant night life.

Today, the area is not only characterised by an eclectic mix of the old and the new, including bustling mixed use emporia offering entertainment, shopping, eating opportunities, a wide range of hotel and office spaces, but also some of Singapore's most interesting (post-)modern buildings: Ken Yeang's eco-friendly National Library, WOHA's luminescent Bugis+, Ole Scheeren's DUO, the dense art deco style Parkview Square, and I.M. Pei's trapezoidal The Gateway.

We will explore some of the most interesting passageways and plazas, innovative features such as climatized 'indoor streets', the imaginative shape of many buildings, many of which come in two blocks, and how the past is kept alive through memory markers and replicas.

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Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh
Nov
10
8:00 AM08:00

Green Singapore Walking Tour: Migratory Birds at Sungei Buloh

Swoop in and join us for the very first of our dedicated migratory bird-watching tours. 

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide — a bird expert who guides for NParks and the STB as well as for ourselves  — will take our bevy of feather fanatics and tweet seekers through the delightful Sungei Buloh Wetlands. When our guide points out areas of particular interest, including many species of our winged friends, you'll be one happy flappy birder. We will also look at the historical significance of the area, including some significant WWII sites.

After a 2.5-hour walk, we will go to the nearby — and well known — Bollywood Veggies for refreshments (included in the price) before heading back to town.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 8am to drive up to the Reserve, or to meet us there at 8:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly ($50 or $60 per person). The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk.

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World War II: Part 2, The Occupation
Nov
10
8:45 AM08:45

World War II: Part 2, The Occupation

The Japanese occupation of Singapore had a major impact on both the psyche and the history of Singapore; things would literally never be the same.

Learn about the 3-and-a-half years that Singapore was Syonan-To, and the reality and repercussions of that occupation, including the Sook Ching massacres. With our experienced guide, we will visit WWII sites, including the Sook Ching Memorial site, Changi beach, Changi Chapel & Museum, and the old Ford Factory.

Hear personal recollections of the impact of the war years on his family, his community and the country as a whole. The tour will include refreshments in Changi village or museum.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Nov
13
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 13 November

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Nov
14
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Finding Maria — The Maria Hertogh History & Literary Walk
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Finding Maria — The Maria Hertogh History & Literary Walk

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Date: Wednesday 14 November

Time: 10am - 1pm

Price: $50

As part of this year's Singapore Writers Festival we bring you a unique opportunity to retrace the steps of literary heroes from the books of Dawn Farnham, a very international lady who although now living in Australia, spent 12 happy years in Singapore, working as a Friends of the Museums volunteer docent, guiding in ACM and the Peranakan Museum. Finding Maria is a study of the brutality of war and Singapore’s post-war years brought to vivid life by the immaculate research Dawn is known for.

This fictional story (previously published under the title A Crowd of Twisted Things) is based on the turbulent times of 1950s, when Singapore went through a series of racial and religious riots. Tensions had been simmering for months over the custody battle for wartime waif Maria Hertogh between her Malay-Muslim foster mother and her Dutch-Catholic biological parents & this case brought things to a violent and divisive end.

Our tour will start at the Harmony in Diversity Gallery describing the journey of Singapore’s unique identity. and where we will find out more about the Maria Hertogh case. We'll then hop on the MRT to explore the type of place where Maria was kept during the court hearings (& where Dawn's character Joseph was housed as an orphan), before finishing our tour at the National Gallery (the former Supreme Court) where the final dramatic events took place. Dawn will meet us there for a discussion and book signing.

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Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage
Nov
17
9:00 AM09:00

Bukit Brown Walk — Exploring our Sikh Heritage

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Date & Time 17 Nov 9am - 12.30pm

Price $60/pax

Join us for a walk around the iconic Bukit Brown cemetery, the largest Chinese cemetery outside of China, with Claire Leow, co-founder of All Things Bukit Brown. This will be a wonderful way to not only explore this lovely area which is not only a cemetery, but also a heritage park with a lush forest setting.

There we will learn about Singapore's history & both Chinese culture and traditions as well as how they merge with other cultural influences, such as the lovely Peranakan tiles on many of the graves as well as the Sikh tomb guardians.

We will particularly focus on Sikhism in Singapore which has its roots in the military and policing forces of the British Empire, with the earliest Sikh arriving in 1849. Forever associated with protection, they were the chosen guardians of several prominent Chinese people for their Bukit Brown tombs, as shown in the photo above.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Nov
20
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 20 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam
Nov
27
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam

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Date: Tuesday 27 Nov

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

A Night at the Theatre with SRT — Guards at the Taj

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Price:
Early birds until Nov 1 - $80/pax
Standard ticket - $90/pax

Description:
The scene is magical. It’s 1648 in Agra, India, as imperial guards and best friends Humayun and Babur keep watch as the final touches are put to the mighty Taj Mahal, a white marble bejeweled tomb built by a bereft emperor for his beloved favourite wife. The emperor has decreed that no one, except the masons, labourers and slaves who exist within those walls, shall turn to look at the building until it is complete. Now, as the building nears completion and the first light catches on the pure white domes behind them, the temptation to steal a glance at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen grows stronger. But beauty has a price and Humayun and Babur are about to learn its true cost.

Guards at the Taj takes as its starting point an enduring legend and prompts contemporary audiences to revisit questions about art and privilege. The play explores beauty and power, trust and betrayal, humor and tragedy — the full spectrum of the human condition.

The play premiered at the Atlantic Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 2015 and is the recipient of both the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2016).

EXCLUSIVE for Jane’s Insiders:  Our special event includes not only the performance but also a short pre-show talk on this history of the Taj Mahal by lawyer turned historian Abha Kaul. This will be accompanied by a glass (or 2!) of wine and Indian munchies in a private reception area. Plus post show we'll enjoy Indian coffee and sweets, followed by a meet the cast. Come and connect with Jane and friends! 

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Dec
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 6, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Emerald Hill Walking Tour
Dec
7
9:00 AM09:00

Emerald Hill Walking Tour

Come & discover the history & stories behind one of Singapore's most beautiful enclaves. Situated a stone's throw from Orchard Road, it's like a little oasis of tranquility!

We will take a walk around its streets & visit 2 or 3 homes which will illustrate the way in which some of these lovely old "shophouses", which are mostly around 100 years old, have been adapted to a greater or lesser extent for modern living.

Discover the old railway track, and a little jewel of a Chinese temple, & hear your guide's personal memories of this fantastic conservation area.

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Tea and Talk with Prize Winning Author Josephine Chia in her Home
Dec
7
3:00 PM15:00

Tea and Talk with Prize Winning Author Josephine Chia in her Home

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Date & Time

7 Dec, 3 - 5pm

Price

$70/pax

Description

Come and visit Singapore Literature Prize Winner Josephine Chia in her cosy HDB flat in Farrer Park.

We'll make ourselves at home and chat with Josephine about her Peranakan heritage and her Kampong childhood. She'll share details and anecdotes on what inspired her to write her wide array of both fiction and non-fiction books.

And Josephine is not only an award-winning author, but an excellent cook as well, and has written cookery books. This cultural afternoon will also have us savouring the opportunity totaste some of her Peranakan delicacies such as curry puffs and mee goreng (spicy fried noodles).

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas
Dec
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Hallelujah Churches at Christmas

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Date: Tuesday 11 December

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the pre Christmas Orchard Road shopping frenzy and join us for a more spiritual experience in some of Singapore’s finest churches and cathedrals.

We will start at the majestic St Andrew’s Cathedral, a vibrant Protestant community with services carried out in 7 languages. Then we will follow in the footsteps of the French Catholic nuns who laid the foundations of the Convent, orphanage and the Chapel of the Convent of Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ), now a busy social hub known as CHIJMES. 

Along Bras Basah Road at the impressive and newly restored Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, our oldest Roman Catholic church, we will enjoy its Bethlehem and Nativity Scene. We will also find out more about the admirable Father Beurel and La Salle Brothers who also founded nearby St Joseph's Institution. 

We will next admire the beauty of the once dilapidated, now restored to its former glory, Saints Peter and Paul Church in Queen Street, home to Chinese Christians. 

Having visited the Scottish, French, Eurasians and Chinese, we will complete the mosaic of the local Christian community by ending our tour at The Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, home to our Tamil Christians. 

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour
Dec
12
5:00 PM17:00

Christmas at Eden Hall Charity Tour

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Date & Time 

Dec 12, 5PM - 7PM

Price

S$50/pax

Description

Eden Hall, the British High Commissioner's residence in Singapore, is a beautiful house at any time of the year but in the run up to Christmas, it becomes positively breathtaking! Come and join us for a guided tour where you will discover its 100 years of history, its architecture & its wonderful stories. Not only will you see the beauty of the house - especially when prepared for a formal occasion - and its artefacts and art, but also meet Mrs Anne Wightman, the current BHC’s wife, who will talk about living in such prestigious surroundings! And of course you will also enjoy some seasonal - British style - cheer; think mince pies and mulled wine. All proceeds from this tour will go to a charity of Mrs Wightman's choice. Please note that this will be incredibly popular, so please sign up quickly!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Dec
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

Date: Tuesday 18 Dec

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jan
30
9:00 AM09:00

Black & White Houses Tour

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Price: $95/ticket

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan
Sep
18
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Kampong Glam at Ramadan

Date: Tuesday 18 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Explore the neighbourhood of Kampong Glam, the heart of Singapore’s Malay community. This is where the Malay Royalty once resided among Javanese, Sumatrans, Arabs, as well as Chinese communities, all of whom left their mark in different ways.

We will start in neighbouring Victoria Street and learn about the Malabar Muslim community, then we will visit tombs of the Malay royalty in one of the oldest cemeteries in Singapore, dating back to the 1820s.

In the cool ambience of the nearby Malay Heritage Centre (the former Sultan’s Palace) you will learn the colourful and delightful, at times even romantic, history, heritage and culture of Singapore's Malay community.

After a refreshing stop for coffee and local kueh (cakes), we'll walk through the streets and lanes and hear their stories — why one stretch of Bussorah Street was known as Kampong Kaji (Pilgrim Village) & part of Beach Road Kampong Tembaga (Copper Village). What made the residents of the Gudung Kuning (the Yellow Mansion) rich and famous? We will end by exploring a little gem of a mosque and one of the few founded by a woman — the Masjid Hajjah Fatimah — which has escaped the redevelopment of the area.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians — Daytime Tour
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians — Daytime Tour

Date: Friday 14 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $95

If you haven’t gotten your fix of Crazy Rich Asians (CRA) — and who has!! — join our unique "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour. We’ll take you to some of the wonderful real sites featured in Kevin Kwan's best-selling book and just-premiered blockbuster movie as well as places that inspired the storyline and characters. Whether you've lived in Singapore all your life or you're just in town for a visit, we'll take you into the head-spinning world of Crazy Rich Asians and expose some pretty fascinating facets of our little island of contrasts.

Singapore is one of the main characters in Kwan’s book thanks to its unique blend of cultures and traditions. Likewise, it plays a starring role in the dazzling film adaption as well, given the full Hollywood treatment thanks to its eclectic mix of historic architecture and modern marvels framed by the island’s lush tropical foliage.

Jane’s "In the Footsteps of Crazy Rich Asians" tour mixes real and fictional locations from the film and book (from grandmother’s grand estate to a classic hawker center where Nick and Rachel enjoy a feast with friends Colin and Araminta) with bona fide Singaporean culture and history along the way.

With Singapore as its glamorous backdrop, it’s no surprise that the Crazy Rich Asians film is garnering raves and attention in Singapore and all over the world. Book your tickets now for this limited engagement.

PS: Jane got to meet handsome Henry Golding, the film's leading man, at the Singapore movie premier...see picture below! Also in our FB feed — https://www.facebook.com/JanesSGTours/.     

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony
Sep
11
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Bras Basah Uncovered, Singapore's District of Religious Harmony

Date: Tuesday 11 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Come with us to explore our island's oldest neighbourhood, and learn about the early pioneers who helped shape Singapore's future. Step back to a time when CHIJMES was a peaceful oasis, occupied by French nuns dedicated to girls' education and the abandoned babies left to their care. To a time when the La Salle Brothers founded Singapore's earliest Roman Catholic church, next to which Indian convicts built their prison, and when an ambitious Irish architect left his everlasting imprint on this fledgling colony. Discover the rich tapestry of the Waterloo Street arts precinct, a small but vibrant area which is emblematic of Singapore's cultural and religious diversity.

Here you'll find a Synagogue, a Roman Catholic church, a Buddhist and a Hindu temple, as well as a calligraphy centre, dance studio, visual arts centre, street art and much more.

PLEASE NOTE CONFIRMATION OF THIS TOUR INCLUDING THE EXACT MEETING PLACE ETC WILL BE SENT BY EMAIL TO ALL THOSE REGISTERED ABOUT 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE; THIS WILL BE PRECEDED BY A VERLOCAL MESSAGE TO ALL REGISTERED. WE DO NEED A MINIMUM NUMBER OF 6 TO RUN THESE; OCCASIONALLY WE HAVE TO CANCEL DUE TO INSUFFICIENT PEOPLE — BUT WE TRY NOT TO!

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Indian Chic on Emily Hill with Jane's Tours and Honeycombers
Sep
7
6:30 PM18:30

Indian Chic on Emily Hill with Jane's Tours and Honeycombers

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Date & Time

7 Sep, 6PM - 11PM

Price

Standard with Soft Drinks S$65/pax

Standard with Cocktail/Wine S$75/pax

Description

Stimulate your senses through the colourful, mesmerising delights of India without leaving the Little Red Dot.

Escape to Kult Kafe on Emily Hill, a little gem of a historical house tucked away amidst the lush greenery of the Mount Emily area.

There Jane’s guests will sip cocktails (or mocktails) inspired by rich Indian flavours, snack on a bespoke Indian-themed canape menu fit for a maharaja, and sit back, relax and be entertained with the sights and sounds of Indian music and dance.

Ticket prices include entry to Kult Kafe, a signature welcome cocktail (or mocktail) and a choice of a glass of wine or craft beer (or soft drink if purchasing the non-alcoholic option), plus curated menu of Indian-inspired "chaat," delicious savory snacks.

The musical and dance performances will be provided by the Indian dance school based in this lovely old house, which is now a centre for the arts . Don't miss this special evening of Indian splendour atop one of Singapore's historic hills.

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Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam
Sep
6
9:00 AM09:00

Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam

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Date & Time

6 Sep, 9am - 12.30pm

Price

$50/pax

Description

Beyond its history and heritage, Kampong Glam also teems with artistic treasures and compelling architecture — from artists and cultural performers, to street murals and art centres. Explore the neighbourhood's old and restored shophouses, re-purposed buildings, architecture heritage award winners, Green Mark sustainability buildings, and even "fengshui" (geomancy) structures.

Our Art, History & Architecture Walk in Kampong Glam showcases many fascinating aspects of one of Singapore's oldest areas.

We'll dig deep into Kampong Glam's culture and heritage by meeting a talented young Malay artist who works in a hidden corner of the neighbourhood creating beautiful Chinese calligraphy pieces. The tour also includes a visit to the studio of a ceramic artist experimenting with extraordinary concepts, techniques and unusual ingredients (such as milk, sugar and flour), to create unique ceramic works.

We'll explore how three distinctive buildings towering above the skyline of Kampong Glam are both at odds and in harmony with each other, underling once again how Singapore embraces both the old and the new.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton
Sep
4
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Hills & Plains of Chinatown, from Blair to Duxton

Date: Tuesday 4 September

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Singapore is no Mount Everest, but there used to be more hills than we see today, many having been leveled as Singapore has developed, with the earth moved and used in Singapore's ongoing land reclamation.

Chinatown in particular used to be quite hilly back in the day, comprised of a handful of hillocks as well as flatter areas called "plains." Our journey will start at Blair Plain, a conservation area gazetted in 1991. Instead of luxurious meadows, you will find a beautiful pastel sea of predominantly Peranakan shophouses built in early 20th century for wealthy merchants escaping overcrowded and unsanitary Chinatown.

We will also walk through one of the oldest HDB estates to climb up to 50th floor of The Pinnacle complex — the pride of Singapore’s public housing — for a bird eye's view of the area. After a short coffee break, it's onward to explore the rich tapestry of Duxton Plain, which comprises the Bukit Pasoh area and Keong Saik Road.

Well known as a culinary destination for its great restaurants, we'll show you the fascinating heritage side of it — from its traditional clan associations to Chinese and Hindu temples. From Blair Road, we'll head over to Spottiswoode Park Road, then Everton Road – crossing over to have a look at Everton Park, an old HDB estate.

We'll continue over Cantonment Road to the Pinnacle to get a sweeping view of the entire island from the top viewing deck. After a coffee stop, we cross over Neil Road to explore Bukit Pasoh Rd (Jar Hill in Malay, so named for the giant Ali Baba style "tongs" or jars that used to dot the street there) and stroll along New Bridge Rd to visit a Clan Association (Kong Chow Wui Koon) and watch a Lion Dance and have a look at some Chinese opera costumes on display.

We'll return via Keong Saik Road to visit Hindu Sri Layan Vinayagar Temple and Chinese Cundhi Gong Temple. Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot.

We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.) Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high.

And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Nature Walking Tour: Kranji Marshes
Aug
30
7:30 AM07:30

Nature Walking Tour: Kranji Marshes

Our very experienced and knowledgeable guide — she is an NParks guide as well as a Singapore Tourism Board-qualified guide — will take us through the delightful Kranji marshes, pointing out areas of particular interest, especially wildlife.

We will also look at the historical significance of the area. When the mouth of the Kranji River was damned in the 1970s to create Kranji Reservoir, it created a freshwater marshland. With 3 different kinds of habitats here — marsh, woodland and grass — the Kranji marshes are home to various types of plants and animals, especially birds.

This part of Singapore is a great place to spot many of our winged friends, from the purple heron to the red-wattled lapwing. Now there's a mouth full! If you're lucky you'll also spot eagles, namely the changeable hawk eagle and the grey-headed fish eagle, both nationally threatened species.

Lots of butterflies and dragonflies and other little creatures will also stop by! We will walk along the lane next to Neo Tiew Woods to the Raptor Tower and back, a total distance about 2.5km.

Please note you have a choice of meeting us at Dempsey at 7am to drive up to the Marshes , or to meet us there at 7:30am; tickets are priced for these 2 options accordingly. The relevant directions will be sent to you a few days before the walk. We will limit the total number of participants to 12 — the current total is larger simply to offer adequate options.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road
Aug
28
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: The Hidden Treasures of Orchard Road

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Date: Tuesday 28 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Orchard Road — the name conjures up visions of glitzy shops, glamorous hotels and highi-end restaurants run by celebrity chefs. But dig a little deeper and you’ll unearth lesser known nooks and crannies which bear testament to its earlier years as an area replete with plantations, farms, and yes, orchards!

And just to prove this is a different Orchard Road, we'll start at the very...end! Starting at Dhoby Ghaut to learn the origins of its name, we'll visit one of the oldest churches in Singapore known as the “Scots Church,” nestled in beside Singapore’s incubators for art talents: SOTA and LaSalle.

A walk past the Istana Park for a glimpse of the official residence of the president of Singapore will remind us Singapore’s colonial roots, and you can also admire the nearby facade of the last remaining traditional southern Chinese mansion. And finally you will be blown away by the beauty of Emerald Hill with its Peranakan shophouses, a tucked-away enclave of tranquility a stone's throw from hustle and bustle of the Orchard shopping district.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Black & White Houses Tour
Aug
27
8:40 AM08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Law & Order in Singapore
Aug
25
9:00 AM09:00

Law & Order in Singapore

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Date & Time

25 Aug 9am - 12.30pm

Price 

S$60/pax

Description

Difficult though it is to believe from the perspective of super safe Singapore in the 21st century, our little island has seen plenty of tumultuous and sometimes downright hair-raising happenings over the years.

On this tour, you'll hear stories from a former detective who personally had to deal with the issues emanating from gang warfare and race riots. Learn about the failed prison experiment and subsequent riots on Pulau Senang in the 1960s, and more.

Our tour will delve into Singapore's law and order scene from the mid 1800s up through the early era of independence, and visit places associated with those tales. Dig deep into the history of Singapore’s police force, going back to the days when they battled the “Konfrantasi,” secret societies, communism and communalism.

Stops and drive-bys include the former sites of the Criminal Investigation (CID) HQ on Robinson Road, Outram Prison on Eu Tong Sen St, Chinese Protectorate on North Canal Road, Queenstown Police Station, and the Former Hill Street Police Station on, of course, Hill Street. We will finish our "criminal" investigation with a guided tour of the Police Heritage Centre.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature
Aug
21
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Fort Canning, Cannons, Cannonballs & Buried Kings — A Gem of History & Nature

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Date: Tuesday 21 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Fort Canning is a microcosm of Singapore being witness to and reflecting over 700 years of Singapore’s history. From the heyday of the Malay kings of “Temasek” until British arrival in 1819, the hill has been the site for the seat of power. It’s been instrumental in the island’s trading economy; it has had military aspiration and witnessed some of the most dramatic events of Singapore’s past. Nowadays an urban park - a veritable green island in the heart of the city, Fort Canning has many stories to tell.

Starting at the foot of the Hill, we will first explore some of our island's oldest landmarks such as the Armenian Church, Central Fire Station and Masonic Lodge. We will then climb up through lush oasis of majestic trees to the vantage point with flagstaff to be carried away by tales of ancient kings and bathing princesses, the accounts of early Chinese explorers and traders and British colonial settlers. 

Our stop on the Hill will be to learn about the dramatic events which took place in its underground bunker in the days leading up to the Japanese invasion in 1942. Then we will wander through former Christian Cemetery ground and explore few prominent burials among the graves to discover an interesting connection… 

We will finish our tour in the cooling air of the nearby National Museum of Singapore, where we will learn more about the history and architecture of Singapore's oldest museum.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Chinatown Crossings: A Theatrical Experience
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Chinatown Crossings: A Theatrical Experience

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Date & Time 

17 Aug 7pm

Price

S$65/pax

Description

In this interactive theatre experience, meet Kunalan, an Indian man who grew up in a Chinatown shophouse during the 1960s and 1970s.

Trace the story of his evolving friendship with Ting Ting, his landlady’s feisty daughter, as well as his relationship with her Cantonese caregiver, Fong Cheh, a majie who became a surrogate mother to him during his growing up years.

Literally follow Kunalan through the streets of Kreta Ayer and become immersed in this story of friendship and familial ties. As his memories come to life in this roving theatre performance, be treated to an array of interesting adventures in the nooks and crannies scattered across the neighbourhood, and delve into its cultural and spiritual nuances.

Experience the interior of a Chinatown shophouse in a most unique way through a dramatic soundscape. Relive old Singapore and discover the many lost and forgotten practices and art forms of Chinatown’s vibrant community.

"Chinatown Crossings" is brought to you by Drama Box, and based on Charmaine Leung's book, "17A Keong Saik Road" about her childhood in this still lively neighbourhood. Our evening will finish with a meet the cast session over a cup of Chinese tea.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay
Aug
14
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Tales of the Singapore River Bank Including Spiffy New Robertson Quay

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Date: Tuesday 14 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

On this tour we will follow a living tale of people that shaped Singapore. 

From Orang Laut and their sacred stone through ancient majesty of Temasek to the flocks of trading ships and multitude of Immigrants looking to build a better life in 19th century. 

From the Fullerton hotel, which previously served as the colony's General Post Office, we will walk across Cavenagh Bridge - Singapore’s oldest bridge, we will walk along magnificent colonial buildings with great view of shophouses of Boat Quay up to former canneries, ice houses and godowns at Clarke Quay. 

We will visit the River House, one of only two traditional Chinese houses remaining in Singapore. 

The walk will also take us to Tan Si Chong Su Temple, which used to face the former river island of Pulau Saigon, visit Masjid Omar Kampong Melaka, the oldest mosque in Singapore to end our journey at Thong Chai Medical Institution, where free medical treatment saved the lives of thousands of coolies.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered. 

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Celebrating Singapore's 53rd Birthday
Aug
7
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Celebrating Singapore's 53rd Birthday

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Date & Time 7 Aug 9AM - 12.30PM

Price S$70/pax

Description

This tour is a celebration in and of itself, offered just two days before Singapore's August 9th National Day festivities. We will explore how this key nation-building event has developed since the first one at the Padang in 1966, which marked the one-year anniversary of Singapore’s separation from Malaysia.

Back then, it was a relatively humble event including a variety of military and civil contingents marching past City Hall and onto the city streets. Military bands played, with a finale featuring a lion and dragon dance performance.

Over the years it has developed into a highly choreographed affair involving as many ordinary citizens as possible. New spectacles are added from time to time, such as the debut in 1970 of the dramatic “flypast” stunts by the Singapore Air Force.

We will learn how the participants practice for the many colourful shows and parades, and how ticket sales for this extremely popular occasion are handled. We will also examine how the themes have developed over time, from “Majulah! The Singapore Spirit,” to “Building Our Singapore of Tomorrow,” “One NationTogether,” and “We Are Singapore.”

We’ll visit the key places associated with the celebrations — the Padang, the (new) National Stadium, and the Float@Marina Bay, the current preferred venue. Starting at the National Stadium, we will then head to Marina Bay.

From this aquatic stage we’ll proceed to the Padang, where will talk about what to expect from this year’s National Day events.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot.

We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat
Jul
31
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small Group Discovery Walks: Katong & Joo Chiat

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Date and Time

31 July 9am - 12.30pm

Price
$70/pax

Description

We will explore a jewel of a neighbourhood, Joo Chiat, a place where Singapore’s rich multicultural heritage really comes alive.

Once filled with coconut plantations and used as a weekend retreat by wealthy city dwellers, Joo Chiat developed into a laid-back residential suburb by the early 20th century.

Also famous as a district oozing Peranakan culture - which in Singapore consists mainly of a mix of the two rich cultures emanating from the marriage of early Chinese traders with Malay women - our Joo Chiat walk will explore this legacy, including the unique pre-war architecture, colourful two-storey shophouses and terrace houses with ornate facades, intricate motifs and ceramic tiles.

Religion has always played a central role in the Peranakan culture; in earlier days, this was in the shape of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism - & often a blend of all 3! We will visit one of these 3-in-1 places of worship to see handcrafted, decorated paper objects, commissioned for the departed to enjoy in the spirit world as part of the rituals surrounding ancestor worship with its emphasis on filial piety.

We will also discover Christianity’s impact on the Peranakans in the form of the 1930s Bethesda Church, recently designated as a conservation building, and one of only two Christian churches offering Peranakan church services here.

For a truly Peranakan experience, we will end our walk with kueh appreciation in the company of a 4th generation Baba (male Peranakan) who will share with us his passion, and vision of how he strives to preserve his culture in the modern context of Singapore.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a peatix or verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens
Jul
24
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Discovery Walk: The History & World Heritage of the Botanic Gardens

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A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden, the Singapore Botanic Gardens (SBG) became the third one to be listed as a World Heritage Site, after Kew Gardens in England and the Padova Gardens in Italy. It is also Singapore's first World Heritage Site.

During this tour, you will discover its 150 years of history, including its role as the birth place of Southeast Asia's rubber and orchid industries. Orchids have been closely associated with the Gardens since 1859 and the products of the breeding programme are displayed in their full splendour in the National Orchid Garden. With over 1,000 species and 2,000 hybrids on display, the beauty of these gorgeous blooms is absolutely a sight to behold.

Tour highlights include the bandstand; garden sculptures; Heritage Trees; and historical Burkhill Hall with its prized collection of VIP orchids such as Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher and Papilionanda William Catherine. The tour will end with a visit to the SBG's Heritage Museum which features artefacts, plant specimens, rare botanical books and botanical paintings that date back to the early 19th century. Here you will learn about the key personalities that have shaped and marked this iconic place.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot. We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included. Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher.

Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered. We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jul
19
8:40 AM08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Tiong Bahru
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walk: Tiong Bahru

Date: Tuesday 17 August

Time: 9am - 1230pm

Price: $70

Touted as one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue, ‘Singapore’s hippest hood’ by CNN and by locals as one of the most happening, everyone loves Tiong Bahru's old world charm.

Visiting this quaint neighbourhood, you immediately notice an intriguing mix of old and new. The transformation from swamp to swank began in the 1930s, and some of the landmarks from that era still stand today, including the residential blocks and the first Monkey God Temple dedicated to the main character from Chinese literary classic Journey to the West.

Our walk will take us around one of Singapore's oldest public residential estates where we will explore its pre-war and post-war architecture, and learn about the history and stories associated with this charming and picturesque neighbourhood with its row after row of quaint art deco buildings.

You will also learn about Tiong Bahru’s rich heritage - from stories of prominent pioneer community leaders to residents who were born in the air raid shelter during World War II, to religion and rituals, culture and food, and more.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even "old timers" learn a lot.

We keep to a max of 10 and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account; lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Due to the small-group size the price is just a little higher. Please note confirmation of this tour includes the exact meeting place and will be sent by email to all those registered about 24 hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to!

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history".

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you".

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour."

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Jul
17
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown
Jul
10
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: The Colours of Chinatown

This walk will weave in visits to the diverse houses of worship on South Bridge Rd, one of Singapore’s “harmony” streets, also home to goldsmiths, herbalists and more.

Plus we'll wend our way through the heart of Chinatown to see old shophouses, a former Cantonese opera theatre, a traditional wet market, and the famous Buddha Tooth temple.

You'll hear the sad tales of Sago Lane, the tough life of Singapore's hard working coolies, and find out about early Singapore's"underbelly" — secret societies, houses of ill repute, and opium dens.

After our last stop at the City Gallery — where you'll learn about our city planning, past present and future — your guide will drop you off at the ever popular Maxwell Food Centre for discoveries of the edible variety !

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Jul
3
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings - including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

These walking tours will have a maximum of 10 participants but also need a minimum number of 7 to go ahead; if we don't have enough people we will inform those who have registered (& refund their payment) by the evening before at the very latest. But we hope they will always run!!

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice
Jun
26
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Little India - Cattle, Jasmine, Spice & All Things Nice

Explore the heart and soul of Singapore’s Indian community — Little India. It is today a heritage district associated with vibrant colours, loud music, the fragrance of flowers and spices, and an eclectic mix of houses.

But on this tour, you will be hearing not just about its present-day vibrancy, but also its early days of cattle slaughtering, horse racing, baby delivering and more! Your tour starts from the corner of Rochor and Perak roads where you will see a lesser known, religiously diverse, and contrastingly hipster section of Little India.

You will find out about the different community groups worshipping at the religious spaces there, which includes a visit to the historical and architecturally marvellous Abdul Gaffoor Mosque.

Check out the area's new hip-quotient and find out how old run-down buildings found a new identity, from a former-school-turned-hotel (Wanderlust Hotel) to numerous budget backpacker’s lodgings as well as cafes and restaurants serving an international menu.

Moovvve on to Campbell Lane (one of the many roads with a European name), and Buffalo and Kerbau roads (names associated with cattle), to discover traditional Indian trades, food, customs, attire, decorations and businesses, and uncover the significance of each.

A short break at Tekka Centre will allow sampling of local fare and observe where and how locals live and shop. Along the way, you will get to see the last remaining Chinese villa in Little India and the only North Indian temple in Singapore (see if you can spot it). A must visit is the Sri Veerakaliamman Temple, a national monument, where you learn to appreciate the symbolism and meaning behind Hinduism and its rituals.

We will end at Mustafa Centre, the 24-hour mega-mart, where you can enjoy some retail therapy or just browse through the mind-boggling variety of goods, a reported 300,000 items.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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A Very Special Movie Evening: Cocktails at the Shaw Studios and an SG Movie at the Vagabond Club
Jun
22
7:00 PM19:00

A Very Special Movie Evening: Cocktails at the Shaw Studios and an SG Movie at the Vagabond Club

Picture this: Post-war Singapore. Two movie companies, Shaw and Cathay, prolifically producing action, adventure, romance and comedy films. Relive Singapore’s golden age of cinema for one night only when you step onto the historic Shaw Studios lot in Jalan Ampas. 

At our very special event, you'll take in the iconic, indeed nostalgic ambience of what was once known as the Hollywood of South East Asia while sipping wine courtesy of Through the Grapevine (TTG). 

Jane will be on hand to give a short account of the history of Singapore's film industry. She will tell the story of a young aspiring actor named P. Ramlee who, at these very studios, made his mark as an actor, singer, songwriter, award-winning movie producer and director, and became Singapore's first big star and heartthrob. 

After our cocktail hour, we'll hop aboard a chartered bus for a short ride to the super fun Vagabond Club, situated between sultry Kampong Glam and lively Little India, where the owners have reserved a space especially for Jane’s curated film screening that will feature a fun Singapore film of more recent years. 

We are offering Early Bird tickets until end-of-day June 3, regular price after that. Please note there are 2 options — with or without alcohol. Each ticket includes 2 drinks at the studios and 1 at the movie screening. 

But do book early as this is a very special event and we expect it to sell out quickly.

Venue

Shaw Studios, Jalan Ampas and Vagabond Club

Tickets

Early Bird tickets (until June 3) with alcohol $80.00

Early Bird tickets (until June 3) without alcohol $70.00

Full Price tickets with alcohol (from June 4) $90.00

Full Price tickets without alcohol (from June 4) $80.00

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District
Jun
19
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Civic District

This tour will explore the historic Civic District with its beautiful and impressive colonial buildings — including the Fullerton Building (the old General Post Office), the National Gallery (former Supreme Court & City Hall buildings), the Asian Civilisations Museum, the Victoria Concert Hall & Theatre, and the Arts House (the old Parliament building).

You will learn about why, how and when Sir Stamford Raffles arrived in this sparely populated island in January 1819 to set up a trading post on behalf of the East India Company, his vision for its future and how he devised an early city plan. You will also cross Cavenagh Bridge,the only suspension bridge in Singapore, made with strong Scottish steel. From there, you will learn about the importance of the Singapore River in our country's trading history.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Foodie Adventures: Purely Peranakan
Jun
16
9:00 AM09:00

Foodie Adventures: Purely Peranakan

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TICKET PRICE INCLUDES APPROX $25 WORTH OF FOOD ITEMS.

Enjoy learning about Singapore's food traditions and history in our cultural cuisine tours, organised in partnership with One Farrer Hotel. In the company of our "foodie" guide, plus a One Farrer Hotel chef, you will first visit one of Singapore's most iconic markets to learn about the ingredients that give character to our local cuisine and how to choose them.

Take the MRT one stop back to the Hotel for refreshments followed by a tour of the hotel's private rooftop farm — actually on the 7th floor of this magnificent facility with sweeping views over Little India; see photo below.

There you will handpick fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs to bring to the cooking studio where you will participate in a fun and fascinating cooking demonstration, just like on TV without the stress and profanities!

At the end of the session, savour the delicious "fruits" of your labour. For this session, you will learn how to prepare three delicious Peranakan dishes: Nyonya Kuih Pie Tee, Babi Assam Goreng and Nyonya Chap Chye.

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Black & White Houses Tour
Jun
14
8:40 AM08:40

Black & White Houses Tour

Step back into a more gracious era by visiting some of these beautiful and iconic colonial houses, set in green and tranquil oases. 

Learn about their history, architecture and role in Singapore's heritage. Plus hear the stories of who lived in them, why they were built, and how they are being used both as residences and commercial establishments these days. The oldest go back to the late 19th century, while most were built in the 1910s through 1930s. There are hundreds still scattered across Singapore, often near military bases.

We will visit three or four black & white houses in different parts of Singapore; we travel by air-conditioned coach and refreshments are also included in the price.

Please sign up quickly though as this tour will be popular!

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Celebrate Hari Raya in Kampong Glam!
Jun
13
5:00 PM17:00

Celebrate Hari Raya in Kampong Glam!

During the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during which time not even water can be consumed. Good deeds, holy prayers and giving alms is practiced throughout the month.

And when the sun goes down, the entire area of Kampong Glam comes alive with aromas of delicious food and customers queuing up to take home delicacies to eat with their loved ones.

Come on this once-a-year tour where we partake in the preparation for the celebration of Hari Raya Puasa, this year on Friday 15th June. We will visit shops selling all things from lush fabrics to pretty crystals, colourful glass lamps, woven baskets and decadent perfumes and frankincense. It is indeed a cheerful and busy atmosphere.

During this tour, we shall also learn about the other important Muslim festival which is also a national holiday in Singapore — Hari Raya Haji. When the call to break the fast happens at about 7 pm, we shall join our Muslim friends with a meal of rice and curries, which is included in the price of your tour.

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A Joo Chiat Foodie Adventure: Learn How to Make Dragon Boat Dumplings!
Jun
13
9:00 AM09:00

A Joo Chiat Foodie Adventure: Learn How to Make Dragon Boat Dumplings!

Duan Wu Jie, or the Dragon Boat festival, is just around the corner and it’s a great time to try a local Nonya version of the Chinese rice dumplings that are an inherent part of the festivities. 

Although these dumplings originate from China, overseas Chinese have incorporated many local touches into their versions. For example, a Peranakan lady, known as a Nonya, will blend both Chinese traditional and localised Malay elements into her cooking style.

Join us in this hands-on experience where we will meet Mrs. Sharen Chan from the famous Glory restaurant. She learned the traditional recipes under the watchful eyes off her mother and is now ready to teach you! 

In addition to enjoying the dumpling preparation, we'll also find out more about the history of the Dragon Boat Festival and its traditions.

And while the dumplings are being steamed, let’s stroll around this colourful neighbourhood — a melting pot of Peranakan Chinese, Eurasian, Indian, Malay and Chinese cultures. Like a delicious plate of food, Joo Chiat and Katong will satiate your appetite for a taste of fascinating cutlure.

We are limiting this tour to 12 people so please book early.

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Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside
Jun
12
9:00 AM09:00

Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks: Telok Ayer, Where Gods & Goddesses Reside

This tour will explore the historic coast-line of Chinatown to explore the traditions, customs and religions brought here by large numbers of merchants, traders and coolies.

You will start on the south bank of the Singapore River and walk along Chulia Street, the former enclave of South Indian Chettiars. On the way to Telok Ayer Street you will learn more about the great diversity of the Chinese community in mid-19th century Singapore, and the spirit of mutual assistance as provided by the Clan Associations.

You will visit UNESCO awarded Wak Hai Cheng Bio and Tien Hock Keng temples – great examples of SEA temple architecture - where you will meet gods and goddesses and learn about Chinese religions and symbolism. You will discover that Chinatown was not only a Chinese enclave by visiting one of the oldest Indian Muslim mosques.

While admiring the beautiful facades of shophouses, you will climb to the highest point of Chinatown, Ann Siang Hill, before rounding our tour off at the URA (Urban Redevelopment Authority) with its very informative City Gallery.

Our Tuesday Small-Group Discovery Walks are aimed at visitors and new Singapore residents, but we find even “old timers” learn a lot. We keep to a maximum of 10 participants and pace the walk to take our sultry climate into account — lots of water and air-con stops are included.

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

We do need a minimum number of 6 to run these; occasionally we have to cancel due to insufficient numbers — but we try not to! (If we must, we’ll of course refund your payment.)

Please note that the cost of these tours is a little higher because we are keeping the group size small.

The quality, however, will be very high. And don’t just take it from us, here are comments from a recent Tuesday Small-Group Discovery tour:

"I would like to thank you for the tour yesterday, it’s been a wonderful morning! Your guide is amazing and so expert about history."

"I just wanted to let you know that my aunt had a brilliant time yesterday. She couldn't say enough about the tour and how great your guide was. Thanks so much! I will certainly recommend you."

"Your guide was WONDERFUL! We all enjoyed her. I'm looking forward to the next tour.”

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Flying Up to Seletar!
Jun
9
9:00 AM09:00

Flying Up to Seletar!

Seletar is synonymous with flying, from 1928 as a flying Royal Air Force station (RAF) Seletar and also as Singapore's first international airport.

In addition to exploring its role in the defence of Singapore, we will also discover its history, its geography, its rural pre-RAF days and of course its modern role as an Aerospace hub.

Included in this tour is a visit to a private — and very fun — collection of Singapore memorabilia in a Black & White house, plus a stop at the Seletar/Sembawang spa, and much more.

We will also be visiting the Singapore Youth Flying School for a chat with the instructors and later we will watch them in action from the Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe which is runway-side!

Please note confirmation of this tour including the exact meeting place etc will be sent via email to all those registered about 24-hours in advance; this will be preceded by a Peatix or Verlocal message to all registered.

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